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Old School NES Games That Prepared Me for Fatherhood

Fathers pull their inspiration from weird places. Some of them pull it out of their own father’s teachings. Some of them pull it out of necessity and learn on the fly. But what indisputably prepares you for fatherhood the most is video games. Old NES games, specifically. Look, that console had two... 
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10 Discontinued Junk Foods That My Son Will Never Get the Chance to Eat

Some things are too good (or too bad) to keep around forever. This is especially true in the world of junk food, where brands constantly crank out products based on market trends and flimsy pop culture references. My son will never eat some of the junk food I had when I was younger. I certainly won’t... 
25 Reasons

25 Reasons Kids Should Be Left Alone With Their Dads

Making fun of dads because they are “pretty much just giant children” is soooooooo 2011. Maybe y’all ain’t heard, but dads are getting all sorts of respect lately – not because they’re doing anything different, but because – ugh - who didn’t want to... 
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9 Tips for Taking Your Kid to Their First Comic-Con

I am a comic book geek and so is my seven-year-old daughter. Before we start pointing fingers, let me just say that I blame myself for her condition. When you raise a child in a house filled with comic books, where the living room bookcase has Two-Face book-ends and your art supplies are kept in Hellboy... 
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Observations on Dad-Bias in 140 Commercials from 2013

I’ve been calling out dad-bias in commercials for years now, and really wanted to put the nail in the coffin. So I watched, noted and rated 140 commercials in 2013 that featured fathers as main characters. And if I was looking for a fight…man, I couldn’t have done it at a worse time.... 
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Dad's Book of Awesome Science Experiments Cover

There’s no shortage of science project books for parents and kids. Anyone can tell you how to make your own rock candy crystals or rockets powered by Mentos and Coke. But – call it nepotism or playing 8Bit favorites – I really like Mike Adamick’s Dad’s Book of Awesome Science Experiments. It was released almost one year ago – ICYMI – and answers all the tough science questions kids tend to ask.

Mike had sent me his first book, Dad’s Book of Awesome Projects, which had a bunch of sweet do-it-yourself projects, like superhero capes and those books where you open up the cover and there’s a hidey-box inside. It also had a handful of daunting projects, like building rope swings, teeter-totters and old fashioned fruit crate scooters. Fo’ real. You can see that Mike loves DIY more than anyone, and even talked about my nerdy perler projects in an article on Parade. No shame here. My favorites game is fierce.

This book, Dad’s Book of Awesome Science Experiments, will teach you rad stuff – even how to make Mentos/Coke rockets and candy crystals. My favorite thing about the book is that it answers the perennial kid question, “why?


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Video games have evolved at breakneck speed since their mass appeal took off in the 1970s. We’ve gone from arcades and home consoles to handhelds and cellphones in a short matter of time. We’ve moved away from big boxy cartridges, and can now download thousands of games straight to our consoles.

Obviously, some old school video game stuff is no longer around. Did you have any of these?


In this week’s episode we dig into the entertainment industry in all of it’s flaws and glory.

We mentioned these:

‘Simpsons’ Co-Creator Dies at 59 (Variety)
Sir Terry Pratchett, renowned fantasy author, dies aged 66 (BBC)
Leonard Nimoy: The Transformers Wiki (Wikia)
World War Z Audiobook (Random House)
Mistletoe drone attacks photographer at TGI Friday’s (NY Post)
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Overdrive service
Overdrive app
Another Woman Busted Doing Sex Shows in a Library (Complex)
Police Academy Blue Oyster “Salad” Bar (YouTube)
AIDS Was Hilarious to the Reagan White House, Press Corps (New York Magazine, also see Buzzfeed)
Crystal Head Vodka
Jason Lee Will Also Return for ‘Mallrats 2′ (/Film)
KROQ Kevin & Bean Podcast 3/5/15 – Jay Mohr, Kevin Smith… (Radio)

(We talked about a lot of actors and movies, and we’re totally not linking to EVERY SINGLE ONE. #sorrynotsorry)


AthleTitti Success

This ROFLWTF moment is brought to you by Atsushi Shiraishi at the Tama Art University. When you’re a father, you want to be your child’s everything, and what better way to do that than by being your child’s EVERY-F***ING-THING?

That’s why the AthleTitti makes so much sense, even if you can’t say the name without giggling to yourself like a schoolboy. This rope, leather and steel vest provides your child with hand-and-footholds to rival even the finest play equipment at the park. Just know: you will get kicked in the johnson.


Samsung Gear VR

Our modern connectivity is a marvelous thing, and never more marvelous than when it’s connecting a father with his child.

And BTW, if you don’t want your noodle baked, then stop reading. Things are about to get cranked up to 11 on the future scale.

How crazy could connectivity get, right? How about a dad watching his baby’s birth through a VR headset? How about dads feeling their unborn children kicking through a smartwatch?



Episode 056: 8BitDad vs Dad 2.0
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In this week’s episode we get into extended family life, the Dad 2.0. Summit, and poop. We actually talked a lot about poop. Like, a lot. A whole lot. And just when you think that we’re done talking about it, we talk about it again.


Dad Used the Changing Table

Every father has that “aha” moment. It’s not a great one, but it binds fathers rich and poor, in big and small cities across the country: the moment of “aha – there is no diaper changing station in the men’s room.”

This is usually followed by the second “aha” moment: “aha – I’ve got to change my baby on the floor of a bathroom stall.”

Dad blogger Scotty Schrier has a solution in the form of an interactive map of dad-friendly local changing stations at Dads Who Change Diapers. You can help other dads by adding a location to Scotty’s map when you find a changing station in the wild. And please do, because crowd-sourced stuff like this needs all the help it can get.